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February 1, 2019


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes three new grape varieties approved for use on American wine labels, and a notice that the USDA National Organic List has been updated.

NEW GRAPE VARIETIES APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the following new grape variety names on American wine labels:

  • Enchantment
  • Itasca
  • Opportunity

Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as other names granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.

Visit our Grape Variety Designations on American Wine Labels page at TTB.gov for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.

USDA ISSUES AMENDMENTS TO NATIONAL ORGANIC LIST

TTB regulations provide that organic claims appearing on alcohol beverage labels and in advertisements must comply with the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations at 7 CFR part 205, as interpreted by the USDA.

Source: Federal Register /Vol. 83, No. 247 /Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Rules and Regulations

National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule changes the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List. This rule also adds sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling. In addition, this final rule lists the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. This final rule removes ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production and amends our regulations to allow the use of parasiticides in fiber bearing animals. Finally, this rule inserts corrections of instructions and regulation text as listed in the proposed rule.

DATES: Effective date: This rule is effective January 28, 2019.

 

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